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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
hitt. back to you. >> big issues and controversies in the headlines last few weeks, never mentioned last night. >> reporter: definitely. that's what's interesting, rob and paula. you talk to the analysts. and a lot of people were waiting for president obama to bring up mitt romney's past at bain capital. and that 47% comment he made over the last couple of weeks. abc news spoke to the romney campaign and they were also surprised. they had pressed mitt romney to answer these questions. and they don't know why the president didn't bring it up, either. i feel these are talking points that the campaign is going to go over. and the next presidential debate is in two weeks. that will be taking place in new york. and you may hear about it then in that debate. >> brandi hitt live for us in denver. thank you, brandi. >>> and we talked to our washington editor, rick klein for insight into this first debate. >> our debate coverage continues now with abc's senior washington editor, rick klein. >> rick, pundits on both sides of the aisle, giving this to romney. we were expecting zingers, style,
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
is almost ready at the university of denver, where tomorrow night, president obama and mitt romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his lines of attack. >> we had 43-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate has spent many hours practicing. he'll huddle again with advise herbs practicing today. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> he's playing president obama in the mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 1:40am PDT
opportunities? >> two big missed opportunities, i think, from both sides. president obama did not go after mitt romney on that 47% comment. that has been dominating the debate conversation the last couple weeks. didn't go aggressively on it. some people, democrats will say he should have done that. mitt romney said the middle-class has gotten crushed by the obama administration, but didn't say, just like joe biden said yesterday, would have been a great opportunity to say look even at your own vice president admits it. >> two more chances left to go. plus the veep debate as well. thank you to karen travers, reporting live from denver. thank you again, karen. coverage of last night's debate is far from over. later this half-hour some of your political observations. posted on our facebook fan page. keep it here on abc. all morning long. >>> and tomorrow, we'll get the latest gauge on unemployment nationwide from the labor department and it does not look encouraging. september's jobless rate is predicted to edge up slightly to 8.2% when the federal report is released, up 0.1% from august. a privat
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 1:40am PDT
debate performance, president obama meanwhile on the defensive over his adviser's promise a change before the second debate next week. with just 32 days now till the big vote, every move is critical. as abc's jake tapper reports. >> reporter: before a crowd of 12,000 in denver, the president tried to turn his opponent's polished debate performance into proof of his phoniness. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney, but the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: but in the audience many of the president's supporters expressed bewilderment at his passive performance. >> i felt like he should have been more aggressive. >> i didn't understand his strategy and thought, you know, i wondered what was going on. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the president's strategy was a calculated decision not to risk appearing unpresidential by attacking romney on say that video insulting 47% of the country as irresponsible victims. his aides advised hi
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